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PFC Spartak Varna

Spartak Varna
Full name FC Spartak 1918 Varna
Nickname(s) Sokolite (The Falcons)
Founded 28 August 1918 (1918-08-28)
Dissolved 2015
Ground Spartak Stadium,
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Ivan Petrov
Manager Ivan Naydenov
League None
2014–15 B Group, 16th /relegated/

PFC Spartak Varna (Bulgarian: ПФК Спартак Варна) is a Bulgarian professional football club based in Varna, which currently competes in the Bulgarian B PFG, the second division of the Bulgarian football league system.

Spartak was officially founded on 28 August 1918, under the name SC Sokol (Bg: Cокол, Eng: Falcon). Since its establishment, the football section of the sports club has won the championship once and has been a runner-up for the Bulgarian Cup competition twice. Spartak Varna is also the first Bulgarian football club that has participated in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1961, as a finalist in the Bulgarian Cup competition.


  • Honours 1
  • European tournaments history 2
  • History 3
    • 1918–1945 3.1
    • 1945–1980 3.2
    • 1980–2010 3.3
    • 2010–present 3.4
  • European history 4
  • Current squad 5
  • Club officials 6
    • Board of Directors 6.1
    • Coaching Staff 6.2
  • Managerial history 7
  • External links 8


A Group:

  • Winners (1): 1932 (as Shipchenski Sokol)
  • Runners-up (2): 1931, 1933 (as Shipchenski Sokol)
  • Third-place (6): 1929, 1945 (as Shipchenski Sokol)
    1946, 1948, 1955, 1984 (as Spartak Varna)

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Runners-up (2): 1961, 1983

European tournaments history

Season Competition Round Land Club Home Away Aggregate Qual/Elim
1961/62 Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final Rapid Wien 2:5 0:0 2:5
1983/84 Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final Mersin İY 1:0 0:0 1:0
1/8 final Manchester United 1:2 0:2 1:4
1996/- Intertoto Cup Group 8 ŁKS Łódź - 1:1 -
FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny - 2:2 -
TSV 1860 München 2:1 - -
FC Kaučuk Opava 0:1 - -
1997/- Intertoto Cup Group 10 Montpellier HSC 1:1 - -
FC Groningen 0:2 - -
Gloria Bistrita - 1:2 -
FK Čukarički - 0:3 -
1998/- Intertoto Cup First round Baltika Kaliningrad 1:1 0:4 1:5
1999/- Intertoto Cup First round K. Sint-Truidense V.V. 1:2 0:6 1:8
2001/- Intertoto Cup First round Dyskobolia Grodzisk 4:0 0:1 4:1
2001/- Intertoto Cup Second round Tavriya Simferopol 0:3 2:2 2:5



Spartak Varna was founded on 28 August 1918 by a group of young people, who were playing football together for two years. At the initial meeting, regarding the establishment of the club, the name was decided to be SC Sokol. Niagol Kolev was elected as the first chairman of the club. A few days later, the members of the board registered the Football Club to the government under the name "Bulgarski Sokol". The colors of the team were blue and white. "Bulgarski Sokol," one of the poor suburban teams in Varna, is poorly circumstanced in comparison to the leading teams at that time such as Ticha and "Vladislav." Nonetheless, the football team quickly became stronger, and improved their style of play.

On 30 January 1924 "Bulgarski Sokol" merged with the sport club "Shipka". These days the team proved itself as one of the strongest teams in Varna. Among all the players called with a lot of love from the fans "Falcons" with most successful plays was the forward Mihail Tunchev. In 1924 he was invited in the national team and that way he became the first national player of the team.

A few years later started the rise of the team. In the season 1928/29 the team won for the first time the championship of Varna, and joined the State Championship where they reached third place. Two years later 1930/31 the falcons were again champions of Varna. For the State Championship they reached the final with the Sofia's AS-23. Next year "Shipchenski Sokol" again reached the final, where the rival was the capitol's team Slavia. On 18.09.1932 in front of 10 000 audience on the football field of AS-23 the falcons won with 2:1 and became State Champion and Winner of the Cup of the King. In the next season "Shipchenski sokol" were again champion of Varna, and for the State Championship they reach for the third consecutive time the final. On 03.10.1933 in Sofia rival of the "falcons" was PFC Levski Sofia. Varna's team lost with 3:1 and took the second place in the State Championship.


In 1945 the club merged with other two Varna's football clubs "Levski" and "Radetski". This happened on 18.10.1945, and was accepted the name of the club to be SPARTAK. In the years between 1945–1948, three times Spartak reached the semi-finals of the State Championship. In 1950, the team took the fifth place in the newly created "A" Republican Football League. Spartak Stalin relegated to B League in 1952 but returned to A League at next year. Spartak again relegated to second level in 1963–64 season but returned in 1964–65 season. However, this return was short-lived and relegated in 1965–66.

In 1955, Spartak won the third place and bronze medals in the championship of "A" League. In 1959 the forward of Spartak Georgi Arnaudov-"Alaha" became a shooter of the championship with nine goals. Two years later, Spartak again had a winner in the shooters list: Liuben Kostov with 12 goals. In 1960/61, Spartak had very good matches in the tournament of the Soviet Army which then was playing the role of the Cup of Bulgaria. They reached the final where and meet the strongest team in Bulgaria at that time- CSKA. Spartak lost the final with 3:0. As a finalist, Spartak won the right to play in the tournament of the National Cup Winners. In 1969 another sport club merged with Spartak – it was the "Lokomotiv" sport club. The merge became a fact on 06.03.1969 and the club took the name "JSK-Spartak". JSK-Spartak returned to first level in 1970–71 but relegated in 1973–74 and returned to first level in 1974–75. JSK-Spartak relegated again in 1977–78.


In 1982 the "Falcons" reached the final of the Cup of Bulgaria as they won the semi-final against Levski-Spartak in Kazanlak in front of 20 000 audience. In Plovdiv, Spartak lost the final with 4:0, from CSKA-Septemvriisko Zname, but as a finalist they obtained the right to play in the Cup of the National Cup Winners. At same yea, JSK-Spartak returned to A League. In the season 1983/84, after mighty and successful games, Spartak reached third place. The goalkeeper Krasimir Zafirov was declared for the best goalkeeper in the championship. Since 1985 the football was separated from the other sports in JSK-Spartak,and that way the FC Spartak Varna is differentiated as well.

The 80's will be remembered and with the regular participation of the team in the tournaments for the Varna Summer Cup. Rivals of the "falcons" were the teams of NK Rijeka Croatia, the English Oxford United F.C., Hungarian Újpest FC and many others. In 1988/89, Spartak became the first Bulgarian team with private sponsor and president Atanas Atanasov-Kebie. From the autumn of 1994, president of the club was Nikolay Ishkov. Spartak relegated to B league in 1988–89 and returned to A League in 1991–92. However, Spartak relegated to second level in 1993–94.

In the season 1994/95 after mighty games the falcons won the cup as the most progressive team in Bulgaria. In the same season the forward A PFG, and between the 15 who reached the Champions title of Bulgaria. The same season Spartak returned to the first level.


In May 2010, the club was relegated to Bulgarian North East amateur division due to inability to comply with requirements for a professional license. Furthermore, under new ownership, the club was re-registered under the name of Spartak 1918 without founding a new club. The legal grounds of this new registration is still under question ( The club have not entered administration at any time as the published declaration from 13 August 2010 of the board of directors stated ( A month later, fans of Spartak Varna (forming the majority of the ultras), not happy with the previous management and not seeing a change after the new registration, formed a new club taking over the same league FC Topolite license. However, although reaching an agreement with FC Topolite they have not been allowed to change the name of that club to Spartak. Their team has finished second after Spartak 1918 the first half of 2010/2011 season, but due to financial problems has stopped his participation. The group of fans who formed FC Topolite still boycotts the current management of Spartak 1918 and doesn't attend the team's games.

For this 2010–11 season, the club is participating in the Bulgarian North-East V AFG.

The greatest number of matches in first division

  • 1. 271 – Iliya Kirchev
  • 2. 248 – Biser Dimitrov
  • 3. 240 – Nikolay Stanchev
  • 4. 227 – Krasimir Zafirov
  • 5. 220 – Blagoy Yanev

The greatest number of goals in first division

  • 1. 56 – Stefan Naydenov
  • 2. 48 – Valentin Stanchev
  • 3. 48 – Hristo Nikolov
  • 4. 41 – Zhivko Gospodinov
  • 5. 39 – Georgi Arnaudov
  • 5. 39 – Plamen Kazakov

European history

In 1961, as a finalist in the Bulgarian Cup, Spartak won the right to play in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Varna's football players were the first from a Bulgarian team to play in that tournament. In late 1961, Spartak's opponent was the Austrian side Rapid Vienna. In Austria, Spartak achieved a goalless draw in front of 25,000 fans, but in Varna the "Falcons" lost 2:5. In 1983, again as a finalist in the Bulgarian Cup Spartak played in the Cup Winners' Cup. The first match was against the Turkish side Mersin İY. In Turkey the match ended goalless, but in Varna, Spartak won 1:0, and made it to the next round of the tournament. There the "Falcons" met one of the greatest football teams at that time – the English club Manchester United F.C. In Varna, Spartak lost 2:1, and in Manchester 2:0. From the middle of 1996, Spartak mostly played in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the results were different each time. Despite this, probably the most important thing in the club's history is that forever will remain the memories of the wins at European clubs with big traditions, such as the French side Montpellier HSC the Netherlands's FC Groningen, and Germany's Munchen 1860 – a game the "Falcons" won 2:1 and with 9 players.

Current squad

As of 6 August 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Konstantinos Havales
GK Stanislav Valchev
GK Georgi Georgiev
DF Kaloyan Ivanov
DF Boyan Iliev
DF Viliyan Denchev
DF Slavomir Sabkov (captain)
DF Georgi Shterev
DF Stanislav Ermenkov
DF Evgeni Mladenov
DF Yordan Yanev
MF Vasko Boev
MF Georgi Dimitrov
No. Position Player
MF Ivo Mihaylov
MF Martin Velikov
MF Toni Atanasov
MF Dinko Dinkov
MF Hristo Ivanov
MF Daniel Drumev
FW Todor Radomirov
FW Plamen Ivanov
FW Ivaylo Rusev
FW Rumen Aleksandrov
FW Milen Babadzhanov
FW Lorenzo Demirov

Club officials

Board of Directors

Coaching Staff

  • Head coach: Atanas Atanasov – Orela
  • Assistant Manager: Trayan Dyankov
  • Assistant Manager: Ilko Stanchev
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Konstantin Kostadinov
  • Fitness Coach: Emil Trifonov
  • Director of Youth Football: Dimitar Trendafilov

Managerial history

In Spartak's history, 58 coaches have coached the club. The first manager was Ferenz Fann and the current manager is Atanas Atanasov, who was appointed on 21 May 2009, due to the death of Anatolii Kirilov, who was the manager before that.

Name Nationality Years
Ferenz Fann 1932
Dietmar Marius 1933
Aleksandar Kondov 1945
Stefan Kalachev 1949–50
Kiril Pavlov 1950
Hristo Minkovski 1951
Kiril Pavlov 1952–54
Trendafil Stankov 1954–55
Stefan Kalachev 1956–57
Toma Zahariev 1958–64
Trendafil Stankov 1964
Petar Minchev 1965–66
Ivan Radoev 1966–67
Toma Zahariev 1967–69
Trendafil Stankov 1969
Stefan Semov 1970–71
Ivan Filipov 1971
Vasil Spasov 1972
Borislav Milenov 1972–73
Iliya Kirchev 1973–74
Dobromir Tashkov 1974–75
Dimitar Doychinov 1975–78
Spas Kirov
Iliya Kirchev
Ivan Filipov 1979–80
Boris Pavlov 1980
Vasil Nenov 1981
Ivan Vutsov 1981–83
Lyudmil Goranov 1983–85
Ivan Filipov 1985–87
Evgeni Yanchovski 1987–88
Blagoy Kalfov 1988–89
Stancho Bonchev 1989–90
Ivan Vasilev 1990
Name Nationality Years
Lyudmil Goranov 1991–93
Blagoy Kalfov
Kiril Ivkov
Lyudmil Goranov
Krasimir Zafirov
Lyudmil Goranov 1995
Nikola Hristov 1995–96
Stefan Grozdanov 1996–97
Ferario Spasov
Blagoy Kalfov
Dimitar Penev 1998
Radoslav Zdravkov 1998–99
Velislav Vutsov 1999–00
Stefan Grozdanov 2000–02
Dimitar Stoychev 2002
Miroslav Mironov 2003
Stefan Grozdanov
Radoslav Zdravkov
Rumen Dimov
Petar Kurdov
Rumen Dimov
Radoslav Zdravkov
Nikolay Stanchev 2006
Miroslav Mironov 2006–07
Nedelcho Matushev
Georgi Ivanov
Atanas Atanasov 2007–08
Radoslav Zdravkov
Slobodan Stašević
Ilko Stanchev

Dragoljub Simonović
Anatolii Kirilov

Stoil Trankov
Atanas Atanasov
Todor Popov
Dimitar Trendafilov
Deyan Donchev
Ivan Naydenov 2012

External links

  • Official website
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